Category Archives: My family

A soul lost to a devastating illness When the telephone rings at five o’clock in the morning, you know the news is not going to be good. And that morning in June, 10 years ago, The Legal Genealogist‘s family had … Continue reading

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No. No, no, no, no. Just no. The Legal Genealogist can’t handle this on a rainy nasty Saturday morning. No. My fifth great grandmother was Elizabeth (Pettypool) Jones. She was born around 1750, and died in September 1818. She is … Continue reading

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Our July babies You know you’re getting older when… … the birthdays on the calendar represent more of the kin you’ve lost than the kin still living. Now, for The Legal Genealogist, of course, that’s not all that unusual… we … Continue reading

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Welcome, Jimmy… and welcome freedom Today, in Flagstaff, Arizona, the sun is shining and the air is clean and clear. And the family of The Legal Genealogist is gathered here to watch a beloved niece, Katya, walk down the aisle … Continue reading

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Not the way it’s supposed to be Child mortality. The words are devastating. As human beings, we rail against the reality that we will most likely bury our grandparents and our parents and ours aunts and uncles in our lifetimes. … Continue reading

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In their footsteps Any genealogist who has ever had the great good fortune to find and walk an ancestor’s land knows there are no words that can be found — and none that are required — to describe the experience. … Continue reading

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There’s a reason why we cite sources… The Legal Genealogist almost wept yesterday. First, with joy, on finding for the very first time what looked like it might be a specific hint to the burial places of my third great … Continue reading

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For the ease of finding my ancestors’ land Those who, like The Legal Genealogist, have ancestors from what are called the state land states know the pain of trying to identify a land parcel that is described as beginning at … Continue reading

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Your own, that is… There is nothing like it in this world. Nothing that quite compares to the feeling any genealogist has, sitting there, holding in your hand, a piece of your own family history. And thanks to the Texas … Continue reading

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A resting place of peace The Oakwood Cemetery Annex in Austin, Texas, is the last resting place of one of The Legal Genealogist‘s great granduncles. And it wasn’t a place I was entirely sure I ever wanted to see. But … Continue reading

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